FY 22 Annual Report

Health Sciences Library System

Grant Funding

Projects with University of Pittsburgh Funding

Mis- and Disinformation for Nurse Education

Funded by Pitt Seed

Open Scholarship and Research Impact Challenge

Funded by Year of Data and Society

Cultivating a Data Science Learning Community

Funded by Pitt Seed

Projects with NIH Funding

Health E-Librarian with Personalized Recommendations

An HSLS librarian served as a co-investigator on an NLM-funded R01 grant awarded to the School of Nursing and the School of Computing and Information: “Health E-Librarian with Personalized Recommendations (HELPeR).” This study is funded by the National Library of Medicine (1R01LM013038-01A1).

MIDAS Coordination Center

An HSLS librarian served as an adviser for metadata and making data FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable). The MIDAS catalog represents a focus of this work. (NIH project number 5U24GM132013-03)

NNLM All of Us Program

HSLS served as the NNLM All of Us Training and Education Center (TEC) for four years prior to receiving the May 2022 NAPC award. The NNLM All of Us Program Center (NAPC) is a multi-institutional partnership between the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) and the University of Iowa Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. NAPC coordinates engagement and training activities offered by the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) in support of the NIH All of Us Research Program, which is a large, multi-faceted research initiative seeking to collect biomedical data from one million people across the US, to support precision medicine and diversify the data available for biomedical research.

The NAPC develops and hosts trainings that support the All of Us Consortium staff to understand and perform in their roles effectively. The NAPC also develops learning activities, games, and other resources to help public libraries, community-based organizations, and the public build knowledge, resources, and skills related to health, digital and research literacy; precision medicine; and diversity in biomedical research.

TEC and NAPC Accomplishments for FY 22:

  • Developed seven asynchronous online trainings for the All of Us Consortium, on topics such as responsible conduct of research, the digital divide, and genetics
  • Began working with the University of Pittsburgh Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to bring a Racial Equity Consciousness Institute to the All of Us Consortium
  • Designed an online COVID-19 Memory Game for public-serving audiences, in partnership with the National Alliance for Hispanic Health (NAHH)
  • Created two National Health Observance social media toolkits to create awareness of cervical and thyroid health
  • Developed Bloomwood Stories, a digital choose-your-own-adventure game that supports health literacy and self-efficacy in health information seeking, in partnership with the OH!Lab at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)
  • Created an online learning activity for public-serving audiences to build data literacy through community and citizen science, in partnership with SciStarter
  • Provided six mini-programming awards for libraries to incorporate existing NNLM All of Us assets into their programming or conduct activities during Citizen Science Month

Support of Funded Research

  • HSLS MolBio information specialists provided support letters for grant applications to nine researchers
  • A systematic review supported by an HSLS librarian was partially grant-funded through a NIOSH award. The review was published in Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians Open.